Graham Potter to Newcastle EXCLUSIVE, Magpies set for £200m splurge 'thanks to Mike Ashley' – transfer news LIVE

NEWCASTLE UNITED'S Saudi takeover has been COMPLETED.

And SunSport can reveal that the new owners are eyeing up Brighton boss Graham Potter as a potential replacement for Steve Bruce.

Steven Gerrard, Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Antonio Conte are also among those to have been linked to the job.

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    CLEAR AS BLACK AND WHITE

    The transfer rumour mill is firing up nicely at Newcastle following their multi-million pound takeover by a Saudi-led consortium.

    Mauro Icardi is the latest name to be linked with the Magpies as they eye blockbuster signings in the January transfer window.

    But Toon fans have another man on their mind – someone who's already playing in the right colours, at least.

    Aaron Ramsey is the name on Newcastle fans' lips, who could be about to make a stunning return to the Premier League after leaving Arsenal for Juventus back in 2019.

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    POTT ON RADAR

    More on the man currently in the frame to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle manager.

    The Magpies' new Saudi-backed regime is almost certain to give the current boss the chop after their £300 million takeover on Tyneside.

    Graham Potter could soon be on his way to St James' Park

    As SunSport has reported, the man being lined up to replace him is Brighton's Graham Potter after his impressive run on the south coast.

    Newcastle's new co-owner Amanda Staveley will decide on Bruce’s future along with the club’s board and has promised blockbuster signings are on their way.

    And Potter could be the man to lead them after a stunning start to the season with Brighton so far.

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    TALK OF THE TOON

    So the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United is finally complete – and we have word on a potential new manager.

    It's crystal clear current boss Steve Bruce is set for the chop but the big question mark is over who should replace him.

    A-List manager Antonio Conte was mooted as an early option but he has since ruled himself out of the running.

    Newcastle's £300 million Saudi-backed takeover was confirmed on Thursday

    Now though SunSport's Oscar Paul tells us the new Magpies owners are looking for British talent on these shores to join their new regime.

    Step forward Brighton manager Graham Potter, who has impressed with his work down on the south coast.

    Newcastle's new owners have said they want to ensure the club has a British core, with ex-Liverpool transfer guru Frank McParland lined up for a role.

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    TRANSFER TARGETS

    The debates about who Newcastle should try to bring in when the transfer window reopens in January are already beginning to swirl.

    Magpies fans are looking forward to their new owners splurging a £200 million war chest as soon as signings are allowed again in winter.

    Wilfred Zaha has been on the scoresheet at Selhurst Park this seasonCredit: Getty

    And speaking on TakSPORT, former Prem striker Darren Bent said there was a case to be made for trying to bring in Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace.

    But the pundit admitted it wouldn't be easy to tempt him from South London as he's a Palace fan as well as a player.

    He said: "Zaha would be an unbelievable shout – for £60-70 million.

    "He loves Crystal Palace, he's on a lot of money now. That would be a difficult decision for him to leave."

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    SELFLESS MESSI

    Lionel Messi has revealed he'd happily vote for his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to win the Ballon d'Or – despite being shortlisted for the award himself.

    The PSG new boy told L'Equipe: "Obviously I have two players in my team that I would vote for, Ney and Kylian."

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    TOON TENSION

    Several clubs have lodge complaints to the Premier League following the recent takeover of Newcastle United and have called for an emergency meeting.

    A Saudi-led consortium officially took the club off Mike Ashley's hands on Thursday, ending the businessman's 14-year stint as owner.

    The remaining 19 top-flight clubs are understood to be concerned the Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) taking an 80% stake in Newcastle could have a detrimental effect on the Premier League brand.

    PIF is overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was deemed to have ordered the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the United States Government.

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    OVERNIGHT FOOTBALL ROUND-UP

    Not many would have predicted just 48 hours ago that Newcastle would be vying with England for the headlines on international match-day.

    But while the Three Lions prepare for tonight's World Cup qualifier in Andorra, the Toon are planning a remarkable new future under the world's wealthiest owners.

    The Magpies' Saudi owners – worth around £320billion – say they bought out Mike Ashley  to "build long-term success for the club".

    Brighton chief Graham Potter and England legend Steven Gerrard are the latest names mentioned to become new manager, as current boss Steve Bruce fears the sack.

    Roberto Martinez, Antonio Conte, Eddie Howe, Brendan Rodgers, Rafael Benitez and Frank Lampard have also been highly tipped.

    Meanwhile, the Three Lions are expected to rest most of their regular starters for what should be a regulation win – ahead of Tuesday's tougher test at home to Hungary.

    England's line-up should be close to this (possible 4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Trippier, Stones, Mings, Chilwell; Henderson, Ward-Prowse; Lingard, Mount/Sancho, Saka; Abraham.

    Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants Manchester United to sign Italy winger Federico Chiesa from his old club Juventus.

    And United midfielder Paul Pogba has said "let's see" about his future in the summer – after admitting he loved life at Juve.

    Lastly, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino believes the French mega-spenders can “accomplish anything” if legends Neymar, Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos return to their best.

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    LINGARD TIPPED FOR ENGLAND START

    Jesse Lingard is rated a likely starter for England’s World Cup qualifier in Andorra tomorrow, with Manchester United team-mate Jadon Sancho also in contention.

    Winger Sancho hopes to get the chance to shake off a mixed start to his United career with a place ahead of Mason Mount for the Three Lions away to the group whipping boys.

    And Lingard, tipped for an Old Trafford exit in one of the next two transfer windows, is expected to be rewarded for his energetic displays when called on by England this year.

    England XI (possible 4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Trippier, Stones, Mings, Chilwell; Henderson, Ward-Prowse; Lingard, Mount/Sancho, Saka; Abraham.

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    MENDY ONE OF 4 PREM KEEPERS ON AWARD LIST

    Chelsea's Edouard Mendy leads the shortlist for this year’s Yachine Trophy.

    The coveted award for Goalkeeper of the Year will be presented alongside the main Ballon d’Or prize later this year.

    Mendy, 29, has been a revelation at Stamford Bridge following his shock move from Rennes one year ago.

    The Senegal international played a crucial role in last term’s Champions League triumph.

    And Mendy could now be in line to add to his European Goalkeeper of the Year award from Uefa in August.

    But the Chelsea stopper faces stiff competition from nine other elite players.

    Mendy’s most likely threat will come from Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was a rock at the back as Italy won Euro 2020.

    Indeed, the Italian was named Player of the Tournament after his penalty shootout heroics against England.

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    KANE 3/1 TO SCORE IN ALL 4 ENGLAND TIES

    Harry Kane is 3/1 to score in all of England's four remaining games this year.

    The Three Lions round off their World Cup qualifying campaign against Hungary, Albania, San Marino and Andorra, against whom Kane is just 5/4 to score two or more this Saturday.

    Skipper Kane is 12 goals short of Wayne Rooney’s all-time England scoring record of 53.

    And the 28-year-old Tottenham striker is 1/4 to beat that mark

    William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “England’s next four games should result in comfortable wins and Kane will have plenty of chances in front of goal.  

    “Kane is 5/4 to grab two or more goals against Andorra on Saturday, goals which would see him move closer to Rooney’s record tally of 53 for England, and with Kane now only 12 behind, it must be a case of sooner rather than later."

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    LEGENDARY PS3 ARE THE KEY

    Mauricio Pochettino believes PSG can "accomplish anything" if Neymar, Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos get back to their best.

    The PSG boss, 49, understands that that trio's best years may have come and gone, but he has called on them to hit big heights once again.

    He has urged them to fight to be the best versions of themselves as he aims to regain the Ligue Un title, as well as the coveted Champions League trophy.

    In an interview with Movistar + Pochettinho said: "Maybe the reality of Sergio Ramos is different from that of 2014, or that of Messi and Neymar.

    "These footballers are great champions but they have to get used to the reality.

    "We all have in mind that they've been the best, but they have to be at their level.

    "If they get that tag back, of course we can accomplish anything. But the fight begins to find the best version of each."

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    SOUTHGATE WON'T CRITICISE HIS NON-JAB TAKERS

    Gareth Southgate believes the Covid vaccine is "essential" but understands why some of his players may not want to take it.

    The England manager, 51, is a big proponent of the vaccines and took part in a campaign video to encourage the public to get jabbed.

    Despite his enthusiasm for the vaccine – which he believes is the only way out of the pandemic – he has not criticised his players for not taking it.

    In his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's match against Andorra he said: "Everybody knows where I stand on the subject.

    "To move out of the pandemic the only way was a vaccination programme. That was essential.

    "There are lots of individual circumstances around that. I understand people could be anxious.

    "When you are in the camp of over 50, there is less to consider, the odds are more straightforward, it's a lot more straightforward decision.

    "I am a believer that is the right thing to do, but I understand there are other topics where everybody would be aligned and we would all have a clear view as a team.

    "With this it is a little bit more nuanced.

    "Lots of people have had the virus so maybe they are feeling antibodies are high, people might have individual medical conditions, some people might have religious reasons.

    "It is a complicated area, that the route out of the pandemic is a vaccination programme. I am yet to hear anyone offer an alternative."

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    FRIMPONG SNUBS ENGLAND FOR HOLLAND

    Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong has explained why he chose to represent Holland at international level.

    Frimpong, 20, is yet to be called up to Holland but he has represented the country at under-19 and under-20 level.

    He decided he would represent the senior team earlier this year.

    Frimpong was in two minds about the decision, as he could have chosen to play for Ghana instead, or England.

    Born in Amsterdam, he moved to England aged seven before teaming up with the Manchester City academy.

    And though the youngster speaks with a slight Mancunian accent, as well as being unable to speak Dutch, he never wanted to play for the Three Lions.

    When asked if he could represent England Frimpong told ESPN Netherlands: "I can but England's out the way.

    "I'm not English, I'm Dutch. Yes of course (it was a dream). As a young kid I wanted to play for my country, to play for Holland."

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    MAGPIES LINKED TO COUTINHO

    Newcastle are reportedly looking to make Philippe Coutinho one of their first signings in January.

    Sport claims the Barcelona star could be set for a stunning Premier League return this winter after the Magpies’ £300million Saudi takeover.

    The new buyers – the wealthiest in world football with a combined £320BILLION fortune – have already vowed to bring ‘long-term success’ to the North East club.

    And one of the first decisions made will be regarding January signings.

    Newcastle sit 19th in the table, having failed to win a single game from their opening seven fixtures.

    Toon fans have already urged their new owners to splash out on Juventus playmaker Aaron Ramsey, once of Arsenal.

    But Spanish reports claim Coutinho is the man being targeted.

    The former Liverpool star, 29, has endured mixed fortunes during his time at the Nou Camp.

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    HOJ-POTCH

    Pierre-Emile Hojbjergadmits life at Tottenham these days is not much fun.

    The Danish anchorman is one of the few Spurs stars who can hold his high after their rollercoaster start.

    The North Londoners were top of the table after winning each of their opening three Premier League matches 1-0 under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

    But defeats – in which they conceded three goals – at Crystal Palace, at home to Chelsea and in the North London derby at Arsenal, put Nuno under fire.

    Sunday’s 2-1 home win over Aston Villa, has slightly relieved the pressure on the Portuguese gaffer.

    But Hojbjerg hinted the problems in N17 run deeper when he told reporters in his native Denmark: “It was important to get back on the right keel after conceding nine goals in three games.

    “It was absolutely unacceptable. Especially when you only score one goal yourself. It was not fun to be a part of.

    “Even when we won three matches, we were well aware that we did not do things perfectly and were still in a process.

    “Now, we luckily got a victory over Aston Villa, so overall it looks ok after seven games. We are four points behind first, so if we stick to it now, it may well be ok.”

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    ENGLAND TRIO NOMINATED

    England trio Bukayo Saka, Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham have been nominated for this year's prestigious Kopa Trophy.

    The award, which is named after French footballer Raymond Kopa, is given to the best performing player under the age of 21.

    It is handed out on the same night as the Ballon d'Or and decided upon by previous Ballon d'Or winners.

    The other nominees, which were reported by Sky Sports, include Bellingham's Dortmund teammate Giovanni Reyna who has enjoyed a breakthrough 12 months with the German outfit.

    Rennes and Belgium forward Jeremy Doku has also made the 10-man shortlist, along with Barcelona and Spain sensation Pedri.

    Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is another nominee, as is Bayern Munich and Germany playmaker Jamal Musiala.

    Musiala's compatriot Florian Wirtz is also on the shortlist, with Paris Saint-Germain full-back Nuno Mendes rounding off the nominees.

    The ceremony, which will announce the Kopa Trophy and Ballon d'Or winners among other awards, will take place on November 29.

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    TYSON HAILS GOAT CRISTIANO

    Tyson Fury took time out of his busy schedule to praise Cristiano Ronaldo after the Manchester United star was named the Premier League player of the month.

    Ronaldo, 36, picked up the award for the fifth time in his career – 13 years after he last won it.

    Ronaldo scored three goals in three league games during September to make an immediate impact after arriving at the end of August.

    Old Trafford was transformed on his second debut against Newcastle with fans giving him a huge reception on his return.

    And Fury, who is a massive United fan, was delighted to see the Portuguese recognised.

    Under United’s Instagram post sharing the news Fury commented: “CR7 the GOAT.”

    While Fury is no doubt a huge fan of Ronaldo, he is determined to replace him as the biggest attraction in Manchester, claiming the city is not big enough for the both of them.

    The heavyweight world champion still took time out of his fight preparation to shower praise on CR7 however.

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    TOON URGED TO SIGN STERLING

    Newcastle legend Warren Barton wants them to 'strike while the iron's hot' and sign Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.

    The Magpies enjoyed a landmark afternoon on Thursday as the £300million takeover of the North East outfit was completed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, ending Mike Ashley's 14-year reign at the club.

    Newcastle now boast the richest owners in world football as the Saudis have an estimated worth of £320billion.

    And Barton, who spent seven years on Tyneside between 1995 and 2002, believes England international Sterling would be the perfect signing for the club to kick off with as they begin life under new ownership.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “You’ve got to strike while the iron’s hot, you’ve got to look, [Raheem] Sterling, not happy, not playing at Manchester City, come and join us.”

    Sterling has started just four games for Man City so far this season, instead having to be content with a role as an impact substitute.

    Barton also discussed the possibility of another huge acquisition in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

    The 21-year-old Norwegian's release clause of £65million is set to trigger widespread interest in the January and summer transfer windows.

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    ROM RATES AS 'BEST' PREM OWNER

    Chelsea’s Roman Abromovich has been rated the best current Premier League football club owner.

    The Russian billionaire has since spent £940,000,000 on the Blues – almost a tenth of his estimated net worth since taking over the Blues in 2003.. 

    Club Owner Rankings, a study by football bets experts Freebets.com, examined the financial commitment and impact of every Prem owner, as well as their online popularity to see if regular funding boosts are enough to keep fans quiet – an issue highlighted by the failed European Super League.

    The research used data provided by Forbes and Transfermarkt, Club Owner Rankings to break down the spending and money made by each owner since they took charge of their respective clubs to reveal who has made the biggest financial contribution to their clubs combined with their popularity on social media.

    Abramovich topped the list ahead of Leicester's owners the Srivaddhanaprabha Family, Manchester City's Sheikh Mansour and Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy, with Southampton's owners bottom.

    But the study found Mansour who had the biggest spend  with a whopping £1,440,590,000 since taking charge back in 2008.

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    RON ‘HOPES UTD SIGN CHIESA’

    Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants Manchester United to make a move for Juventus winger Federico Chiesa.

    According to Calciomercato, CR7 is eager for the Italian to join him at Old Trafford.

    The pair know each other well having been teammates at Juventus.

    And Ronaldo is allegedly impressed by what he saw from the 23-year-old.

    The two forwards spent one season together at the Allianz Stadium last campaign, with Chiesa netting 15 times and providing 11 assists.

    Ronaldo meanwhile contributed 36 goals in all competitions during his final season with Juve.

    Chiesa also starred during Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020, netting in the semi-final win against Spain at Wembley.

    And he also scored the only goal of the game in the Champions League win over reigning champions Chelsea last week.

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    RON’S INSTAGRAM SLAM

    Cristiano Ronaldo earns a whopping £1.5million per Instagram post – more than seven times the next best Premier League star.

    The Manchester United, 36, is a global icon and uses his huge influence to promote brands across his social media.

    And with 353m Instagram followers, the most of any person on the app, he is able to charge companies up to £1,505,000 for a single post.

    So sharing one sponsored ad per month would earn Ronaldo more than £18m per year – or a weekly post would pocket him a staggering £78.2m.

    That places him way out in front as the No1 on the Premier League Instagram rich list, according to Myprotein.com research.

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    RON SALUTES HIS PLAYER-OF-MONTH GONG

    Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to social media after being announced as the Premier League Player of the Month for September.

    Three goals in three league games last month sees CR7 scoop the award for the fifth time in his Manchester United career, and the first time in THIRTEEN years.

    To the bemusement of Gary Lineker, Ronaldo beat Mohammed Salah to the individual accolade.

    He also came out on top ahead of Allan Saint-Maximin, Joao Cancelo, Antonio Rudiger and Ismaila Sarr who were all nominees for the award.

    And CR7 has reacted to the news, telling his 95million Twitter followers: “Proud to be elected Player Of The Month among so many great players in the Premier League.

    “Thanks to all my teammates at Man. United, couldn’t have done it without them.

    “Let’s keep working hard and the results will come!”

    The last line of Ronaldo’s post hints at the Red Devils’ poor recent run of form – with just one win in their last four games.

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    ELNENY AND AINSLEY PONDER THEIR FUTURE

    EXCLUSIVE – Arsenal are facing a New Year’s midfield dilemma with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohammed Elneny both considering their futures.

    Maitland-Niles was all set to sign for Everton on loan on transfer deadline day but the move was blocked at the last minute by boss Mikel Arteta.

    And when the England international took to social media to express his frustration, he was initially banned from training by the club.

    Yet while the dispute was quickly settled following clear-the-air talks with Arteta, the regular first team football which Maitland-Niles craves has still not been forthcoming.

    Elneny, 29, appears to be even further down the pecking order following the summer signing of £17million Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    The Egyptian is out of contract at the end of the season and though Arteta is keen for him to sign a new deal, no agreement has so far been reached.

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    WEDDING PICK

    Harry Maguire’s fiancee has picked Jordan Pickford’s wife to be bridesmaid at her wedding.

    Fern Hawkins – who is set to marry the England defender next year – wants Megan Davison by her side when she walks down the aisle.

    Megan, 25, shared the news in a post on Instagram saying she would be honoured.

    A source said: “Megan and Fern are really close friends as are Harry and Jordan.

    They might be Premier League rivals but they are great mates and Harry is delighted that Meghan will be such a special part of their big day.

    During the Euros, WAGS Fern and Megan were inseparable and always arrived together to watch matches.

    Our source added: “They have so much in common and get on really well.

    And Megan, like all good bridesmaids, will now be helping Fern plan the day.

    Everyone is really excited to see Harry and Fern finally tie the knot. They’re a great couple.”

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    'AMBITION' IS THE NEW TOON WATCHWORD

    Newcastle's new non-executive chairman Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan added: "I also wanted to give you an understanding of what you can expect from us as owners and what our plans are for your club at this stage.

    "Most importantly, you can expect ambition.

    "Like you, we want to create a consistently successful team. We’re here to build long-term success for the club.

    "What will that look like in practice? First and foremost, we want to talk to people at the Club and across the wider community to get their input before we finalise our plans.

    "We will make sure to focus on things that will deliver long-term success.

    "Whilst we are newcomers to Newcastle, we are investing alongside people who have been committed to this Club and this city for many years.

    "Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners is a key part of our investment group. Jamie Reuben and his family are already significant investors in the city of Newcastle."

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